Overnight on a Former Farm in Franconia

Although we have family in Franconia, it is not always possible to spend the night at a sibling’s place. Once in a while we have to rent a room or an apartment. For our last trip there, we decided to rent a vacation apartment in my hometown village Hambach (population: 2700), a borough of Dittelbrunn.

Zum Hühnernest, a former chicken farm, has been turned into a big family business. The owners’ grown up children have expanded its lines of service by adding accommodations (rooms and apartment), a guesthouse, a cosmetic studio, a nail studio, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, horseback riding camps, farm animals, a farmer’s market, etc.

We checked in on Saturday afternoon and found a very spacious apartment and comfortable beds to keep us warm at night.

Pension "Zum Hühnernest" in Hambach/borough of Dittelbrunn

But… when we came back late at night, we found the guesthouse totally locked up. We had forgotten to ask how to get in during after-hours.

It took about 10 minutes and a bit of slow panic crept in, before my husband located a door by going around the place on three sides, entering a former chicken coop, climbing an outdoor stairway, to reach a veranda door leading to the inside of the building.

My goodness, we made it in! With relief, we settled down for a good night’s sleep.

Pension "Zum Hühnernest"

Visit the Gasthaus und Pension Zum Hühnernest for more information. Recommendable, besides the key episode!

Oberems in the Taunus Mountains

At the end of yesterday’s drive through the Taunus region, we stopped at a cozy looking guest house/pub/restaurant called Zum Deutschen Haus located in Oberems ( a suburb of Glashütten).

Zum Deutschen Haus in Oberems/Glashütten

Deutsches Haus restaurant crest

Our teenagers settled for French fries, whereas  my husband and I decided to share one dinner, not being very hungry this late in the afternoon.

From the menu at "Zum Deutschen Haus"

We ordered a Karre Mist (a cart load of manure), which consisted of tenderloin in mushroom gravy, served with French fries and salad.  And like the name of the dish indicated, it was served in a trolley.The food was splendid and we will have to eat there again soon!

Zum Deutschen Haus in Oberems

It was a bit difficult to leave this place. It had been so warm and cozy inside, the beer was good, and it had started snowing again. Well, there will definitely be a next time!

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